Saturday, August 29, 2009

back again

We made it ( barely). The boys explored every inch of mimi's farm, from the large stones to the sunflowers. While I had convinced myself that I would get a rest, I soon realized that it's the same amount of work, just in a different place. We did have a major breakthrough with Felix tho, in the potty department. So for all the running around & picking up after them it was worth it.
Now that we're back there's much to do, we're having a party here on friday night. My thirtieth to be exact, a perfect time to invite the whole town over for a potluck.
hope you have a good week & I'll have updates on the goings on over here soon. But I need a nap.

Monday, August 24, 2009

trying hard

I'm trying hard to be silly, present & kind with them.
To not pay attention to what's next, who's coming and what's expected.
But this one is hard.

I'm taking the boys to a friends house in the country for a few days in hopes of reconnecting with them ( and not yelling so much). Wish me luck.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


What could be our last bit of summer spontaneity, we went to a square-dance up in the driftless area of Wisconsin last night. Like a new kid at school, our little family has started to meet folks who live & play music in this part of Wisconsin. We heard there was to be a dance & at 4 pm we took the 2 hour drive. We seem to be experts now at packing pj's, a bottle, potluck items and snacks for our little journeys. It was totally worth it.

More squaredances closer to home next time I think.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

a new commitment to home

I have taken a hiatus from the computer not because I had to but because my attention needed to be on my house. I find the best reward of a vacation is to come home feeling refreshed and ready to be home again. Making little changes to make things work better & feel better. The kids love their toys again, mama loves her dirty kitchen again and papa yearns for his shop. Everyone gets what they want. So here are some of my favorite views recently. I illuminated some artwork and hung this old straw hat in our hallway. I really like this simple calm moment before we head downstairs for our day.
Our newly furnished guest room ( no more futons!) Since we have people staying quite often this room needed a good bed. Its a great space to read tin tin before nap time too. I hope to re-upholster that chair this summer too.
Felix's tussled bed. I made this new cork board for the beginning of his school year, in hopes of hanging up his artwork & photo's. We're in heavy "big boy" phase these days.
The start of tomato's tomato's tomato's. Roast, De-seed, cook, puree, can & freeze, repeat.
Here are our new girls, 5 hens giving us 5 egg's /day. I love to just watch them. Oscar & I have a good post nap routine where we feed them the kitchen scraps for the day and wake up slowly.
This is the best part about my house & why I want to commit to being here fully. These gardens are so unbelievable, every hour of the day people are coming & going, growing, harvesting, visiting etc. The energy that is alive across the street is immense, it wafts over into our house all day long. So we get up and do something good, everyday.